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Caldwell University is currently accepting applications for its Summer College at Caldwell (SCAC) program. The college is recruiting high school students who are interested in math, science, technology and medicine and are entering their senior year of high school in the fall of 2014. SCAC is designed for first generation college students and will be held on the campus from July 13 through August 1, 2014.

Information sessions about SCAC will be held on March 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. and March 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. on Caldwell’s campus.

This pre-college program gives eligible students the chance to earn three college credits while studying biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, environmental science, green reactions, medicine, and vectors. Students will utilize state-of-the-art technology for project based learning. Small groups will participate within collaborative units to work on 3-D printing to design and produce an object for their final project.

SCAC also includes programs on SAT test taking strategies, scholarship exploration, college search, financial aid, careers, and more.

Students also will experience campus life while living in the residence halls. They will go on field trips to area sites including the Liberty Science Center where they will participate in an Interactive Theater and attend the “Live From…” program, which offers an opportunity to watch live surgical procedures in the operating room while conversing with doctors, nurses and technicians. Students will also visit the Essex County Environmental Center and Genesis Farms in Blairstown, where they will learn about global environmental challenges.

SCAC students will have the opportunity to become certified in hands-on cardiopulmonary rescue (CPR) training and to learn the proper use of an automated external defibrillator, a portable electronic device that allows the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

Parents and guardians will be invited to attend workshops on the college search process and financial aid and view student final research projects.

Interested students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Must be a New Jersey resident high school senior in the fall 2014
  • Must be the first- generation college student (neither parent has earned a four-year college degree)
  • Must have a 3.0 or above high school GPA
  • Must have 3 years of high school science, including biology and chemistry and 3 years of high school math including algebra and geometry

There is no cost to the student. Funding is provided from the U.S. Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant through the NJ Commission on Higher Education.

Applications will be taken until April 5, 2014. Program admission is determined through review of completed applications, essay, transcript and a letter of recommendation from a science or math teacher or school counselor. To find out more call 973-618-3385.